‘Stranger Danger’ is better referred to as a small part of teaching children protective behaviours as 85 per cent of danger or abuse to children occurs with someone known to the child or trusted by the child.  The aim is to teach children to be safe, to be aware of predatory strangers, and to be…

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We all know the importance of play with young children as that is how children learn. LOOSE PARTS  play and intricate role in this YET many administrators and supervisors question whether loose parts can meet any academic objectives. Giving meaning to loose parts requires us to think about the possibilities of how a child learns…

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Reflective practice is an important part of the documentation process for educators but it is often neglected because of a lack of understanding or confidence about what is required. Reflective practice can be implemented when an educator thinks critically about an event, action or experience to draw meaning from the situation. This meaning is used to…

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Choices Family Daycare and BackChat Speech Pathology are thrilled to announce that our joint submission to Family Day Care Australia has been accepted, Olwen Forker and our very own Educational Leader Merinda Meares will present “Early Intervention with a Twist: a Neuroscience-based approach to closing the 30 Million Word Gap” at the National Family Daycare…

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Are you currently using child care or planning to in the future? Learn about the Australian Government’s New Child Care Package and what it may mean for your family in their live webcast on Wednesday 22 November 2017. The webcast will run for an hour and provide families a chance to learn about what the…

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Here are a couple of ideas of what makes a great early childhood educator. While there are other attributes we thought that these were quiet poetic and represented some of the great qualities that many educators collectively possess.       source: onechild

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The Australian Childcare Alliance and Maggie Dent have paired up to help get the message out there that children are far more likely to thrive in their early learning environments when their families get involved and form strong connections with their early childhood educators. When parents and early childhood educators work together to form positive,…

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LOCAL COMMUNITY SHARE: NDIS conversation series being run in Ipswich in November, December and January. This will be an opportunity for the community to come together and discuss the experiences of those with the NDIS. Please RSVP as per the details on the flyer and if there are any questions please contact the office.

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If toddlers learn through exploration, wouldn’t it be common sense to offer them the type of playthings that spark the most curiosity and creative motivation? Don’t search for these exceptional learning tools in the toy aisle. Look in your kitchen drawers, or perhaps even the recycling bin. Small boxes with lids, measuring cups, cardboard tubes,…

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